Franklin

Campus Information

Principal:
Brenda Gallardo
Vice Principal:
Jessica Garza
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:45pm
Phone: (210) 398-1700
Year Open:
2013
School Mascot:
Colts
School Colors:
Columbia Blue and Red

Boundary Information

Bond Information

Construction funded by Bond 2010

Kay Franklin

9180 Silver Spot
San Antonio, TX 78254

Namesake

 Kay Franklin was born the middle child of Curtis and Grace Smith in San Angelo, Texas during a time when a woman’s choice of career was more limited than today.

With a mother as a school teacher (and developing a love of reading at an early age), her career path was almost destined.

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Kay Franklin was born the middle child of Curtis and Grace Smith in San Angelo, Texas during a time when a woman’s choice of career was more limited than today.

With a mother as a school teacher (and developing a love of reading at an early age), her career path was almost destined.

“My father often told me that a woman needed to be able to support herself,” Franklin said. “Then he proceeded to tell me that I could either be a teacher or a nurse, so since I’m not a big fan of shots, I guess the choice was an easy one.”

After graduating from San Angelo Central High School in San Angelo, Tex., she attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1969. She later received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

That same year, she landed her first teaching job at Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine ISD, teaching there for three years before moving to San Antonio. During her 36-year tenure at NISD, she served as a teacher at Scobee and Esparza elementary schools, vice principal of Elrod Elementary, and principal of Fernandez Elementary before moving to Central Office as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration in 2000.

While she was at Scobee Elementary School, then-Gov. W. George Bush and his wife personally presented Franklin with a state award in 1996 for an innovative reading program she created. The Morning Reading Program is now used across the District to offer enrichment and support in math and reading.

Also during her time at Scobee, Franklin and then-Principal Sharon Barnard piloted a program that split the school into two master schedules with the Vice Principal responsible for half of the school. That program is now used all over the District with great success.

When Dr. John Folks arrived in Northside in 2002 as the new Superintendent for the District, he tapped Franklin to be Deputy Superintendent for Administration, a position she held until her retirement in 2008.

As Deputy Superintendent, Franklin was responsible for the District’s policies and procedures; almost 100 school principals; the Administrative Internship Management (AIM) program which mentored future leaders in the District, the School Boundary Advisory Committee, which worked with Northside parents on changes in school attendance zones; and she served as the lead person on maintaining the District’s Crisis Resource Manual and planned responses. She also led administration, pupil personnel, resource planning, athletics, police, and transportation departments.

“Kay Franklin was an inspiring leader,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Woods, who worked with Franklin as a fellow principal and Central Office administrator. “She had the uncanny ability to listen and motivate at the same time. Her knowledge of the District’s people and programs made her absolutely invaluable to the good decisions we made in Northside for many years.”

In March of 2012, the NISD Board of Trustees voted to name the “FM 471 North area #2” Elementary School after a woman who has impacted the lives of thousands of students and hundreds of campus leaders.

Franklin has two sons, Tim and John, both graduates of Clark High School; two stepdaughters; and three grandchildren.

Since retiring, she and her husband John have enjoyed spending time with family, volunteering, and traveling. 

October 24, 2014

Huge community support! Tonight's Brandeis vs O'Connor football game sold out.
No more tickets available. Listen to game on KONO-AM 860.

July 28, 2014

While one-on-one communication is the best, in a District as large as Northside ISD it is sometimes difficult. Because we want our parents to stay informed, NISD has several ways that parents and other interested citizens can stay informed about the successes and challenges of San Antonio’s premier school district, as well as news about their children’s schools.

July 28, 2014

More than 5,000 students still need updated immunizations before the start of the school year. Northside ISD is enforcing its “No Shots, No School” policy, which means students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes when the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 25.